Controversial German Author Says Berlin Is Hostage to Holocaust in Euro Crisis
From: Spiegel Online
Thilo Sarrazin, the former board member of Germany’s central bank who caused outrage two years ago with a bestseller criticizing the impact of Muslim immigrants on German society, presented a new book on Tuesday that could strike a similar chord with Germans: "Europe Doesn’t Need the Euro."
In his latest work, the combative politician, a maverick member of the opposition center-left Social Democratic Party, controversially argues that Germany is being pressured to bail out the euro zone because it perpetrated the Holocaust.
Sarrazin writes that supporters of euro bonds in Germany "are driven by that very German reflex, that we can only finally atone for the Holocaust and World War II when we have put all our interests and money into European hands," according to excerpts published in German media ahead of the book launch.
Politicians lined up to dismiss the comment as an attempt to whip up publicity for his book launch with crude rhetoric laced with far-right undertones.
"It is pitiful that he invokes the Holocaust to secure the maximum possible attention for his theories on euro bonds," the parliamentary floor leader of the opposition Greens, Jürgen Trittin, told the newspaper Die Welt on Monday, adding that Sarrazin was engaging in "deutsche mark chauvinism."
’Nationalist and Reactionary’
Carsten Schneider, a budget policy spokesman for the SPD, said: "Sarrazin is once again trying out the usual provocation. His criticism of the euro is nationalist and reactionary." Volker Kauder, the parliamentary group leader of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats, said: "Sarrazin is wrong again. The euro is a success story and will remain so."
Chancellor Angela Merkel has steadfastly rejected the introduction of euro bonds -- jointly issued and guaranteed by all the euro member states -- as a way to tackle the debt crisis. She says the move would increase German borrowing costs and remove an incentive for high-debt countries to bring their finances in order, because they would have access to funds at affordable interest rates.
Pressure on her to back down is mounting, though. France’s new president, François Hollande, has said he will propose euro bonds at an informal EU summit in Brussels on Wednesday. Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti is expected to back him.
Sarrazin’s comment on the Holocaust is a blunt way of describing the central tenet of German foreign policy ever since the end of World War II -- that Germany’s leading role in pushing for European integration stems from its responsibility for the war and the Holocaust.
Praise From Far-Right NPD
But whether intended or not, his phrasing chimes with the line of argument often cited by far-right politicians of the National Democratic Party -- that Germany is being cowed by its Holocaust guilt, and that it has done enough atoning.
It comes as no surprise that the NPD issued a statement this week praising Sarrazin and criticizing Germany’s "psychopathological guilt complex that makes it fulfil almost every wish of self-interested foreign countries even 67 years after the end of the war."
Germany’s agreement to bail out Greece reveals its "susceptibility to blackmail," Sarrazin wrote, alluding to crimes committed by the Nazis before and during World War II. "This policy is turning Germany into a hostage of all those in the euro zone who may in the future, for whatever reason, need help," he said.
One of Sarrazin’s main arguments is that the euro hasn’t significantly boosted German foreign trade, contrary to claims from euro supporters who say the currency has given Europe’s largest economy crucial exchange rate stability in its most important markets.
He cites figures showing that German trade with nations outside the 17-member euro zone has risen far more strongly than trade with euro member states since the currency’s launch on Jan. 1, 1999. But he doesn’t factor in that the increase in trade outside the euro area was largely due to soaring economic growth in Eastern Europe and Asia over the last decade.
Euro Launch Was a Mistake, Says Sarrazin
The figures give no insight into how trade inside the euro zone would have developed without a single currency. Many economists argue that Germany has been the main beneficiary of the euro. They say it has spared the country rapid currency appreciations that would have made German industry uncompetitive inside and outside Europe. They also argue that devoting hundreds of billions of euros in guarantees for ailing euro members doesn’t stem from altruism but is in Germany’s best economic interest.
Nevertheless, many of Sarrazin’s arguments are widely accepted. He says it was a mistake to launch the currency before Europe had a common fiscal policy, and that it was wrong to let countries like Greece join because their economies weren’t ready.
He concludes that Europe can only get out of its mess if it rapidly moves towards political union, which he opposes, or that the union should be transformed into a looser formation that allows troubled member states to quit so that they can regain competitiveness through currency devaluation.
Read the full article at: spiegel.de
Truth and Reconciliation: Why the War Still Haunts Europe
Why Even Germany Will Leave the Failed Euro
Also tune into:
Red Ice Radio Series on Zionism & Multiculturalism
~"This is a series on Zionism & Multiculturalism featuring interviews with Adrian Salbuchi, Henry Makow, Gilad Atzmon & Israel Shamir."
Diana Johnstone - The Toulouse Murders, The French Election & EU
Pierre Sabak - Priesthood of the Nazarenes, The Nazis & Zionists
Jay Weidner - The Clash of Civilizations & Pike’s Three World Wars
Nigel Farage MEP - The State of the EU & The Undemocratic Treaty of Lisbon
Marta Andreasen MEP - Brussels laid Bare, Financial Fraud within the European Union
Alan Watt - European Union & The World Empire
IMF tells Germany to do more for eurozone
The Role Ex-Nazis Played in Early West Germany
Germany: Israel must refrain from new settlements
France and Germany call for "True Economic Government" - Rise of the Fourth Reich?
Germany bans "anti-Israeli" movie
Israel Seeks Another 1 Billion Euros in Holocaust Reparations from Germany
Bilderberg Scheme To Save The Euro
Eurozone blocks €1bn of aid amid Greek uncertainty
Eurocrats’ secret plan to abolish EU sovereignty with "super president"
Nigel Farage: Euro Break-Up Inevitable, Just a Question of How
Latest News from our Front Page
Pressure from the United Patriots Front Stops Mosque Plan
Pressure from the United Patriots Front appears to have killed off a mosque development in Narre Warren North.
The City of Casey council now looks likely to withhold planning approval for the development in a special meeting set for Tuesday night.
A council report, to be considered by councillors on Tuesday, recommends that the approval be blocked.
The mosque opponents’ cause has been helped by councillor ...
Police face questions over the influence of the Freemasons
South Yorkshire Police today face questions over whether powerful 'secret society' the Freemasons held sway over the force at the time of Hillsborough.
Families of victims say that officers who were Masons were promoted into powerful positions despite being ill-equipped, including match commander David Duckenfield.
Duckenfield told the fresh inquests he had been a Freemason since 1975 and became head of his ...
England Bans its Own Flag to Avoid Offending Muslims
St. George's Cross "racist" towards immigrants
Government officials said their city was ‘too multicultural’ to celebrate St George’s Day, England’s version of the 4th of July.
The council said that displaying the English flag may have been seen as “racist” towards immigrants.
Half of Western European men descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’
Half of Western European men are descended from one Bronze Age ‘king’ who sired a dynasty of elite nobles which spread throughout Europe, a new study has shown.
The monarch, who lived around 4,000 years ago, is likely to have been one of the earliest chieftains to take power in the continent.
He was part of a new order which emerged in ...
"Local Residents" Are Filmed Stealing Dozens of Bottles of Water at London Marathon Stop
Editor's Comment: "Local" residents? Why bother blurring their faces? We know who they are.
London marathon runners were robbed of dozens of bottled waters when thieves raided a refreshment area armed with trolleys during today's race.
Nearby residents - including parents with children - were captured on camera piling up crates of free water handed out by volunteers during the 26-mile event.
|More News » |